February 2013

Cover Story

Evangelicals are gearing up to be makers of peace. Are they ready for the serious responsibilities that entails?


Death threats haven't stopped Rev. James Byensi, a Congolese pastor, from seeking peace in his homeland.
The U.S. and Mexican governments have tried to battle drug violence with more violence. It hasn't worked. Gandhian groups in Mexico offer another way.
Many young adults are leaving the church these days. Two 20-somethings reflect on what keeps them in the pews.


Feb. 14 "One Billion Rising" events aim to end violence against women.
Want to learn how fracking affects groundwater? Good luck with that.
Nonviolent Peaceforce and other civilian groups are playing a key role in monitoring the new peace accord in the Philippines.


There are more gun dealers in America than McDonald's restaurants.
The Beloved Community is not a utopian ideal.
Wherever I go in the world, I want to be quick to listen to differing perspectives and slow to pick sides.
The stories we tell today are simply the next chapter in an overarching narrative of hope, justice, and pluralism.
Let the healing begin (maybe next week).

Culture Watch

ReFocus: Living a Life that Reflects God's Heart. Zondervan. / Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. Beacon Press.
Sacred Acts: How Churches are Working to Protect Earth's Climate. New Society.
Landing on a Hundred by Cody ChesnuTT / After Kony: Staging Hope by First Run Feature / Kind of Kin by Rilla Askew / The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation by Stephen R. Haynes
Here's my list of the best films released in 2012.
The "hope and dreams" in Springsteen's song are those of the immigrant, the refugee, and the runaway slave.
For Life of Pi screenwriter David Magee, stories help light the way through chaos and despair.
Unto Us the Sun by Aimee Wilson. Self-released.


Regarding “Slow Down and Know that I am God,” by C.
Jim Wallis’ “How to Choose a President” (November 2012) was right on in several important respects.
Reflections on the Revised Common Lectionary, Cycle C
Wells Fargo has been particularly active in the private prison venture (“A Call to Conversion,” by Sheldon C. Good, December 2012).
Deep with one savior’s death, how many more?In observance of which, the Dresden burghersas usual held Shrove Tuesday circusesaround Our Lady’s Church, the Frauenkirche,eating pancakes before their fast for Easter.
Referencing a full book in a short article (“Mission: Transformed,” by Michelle García, September-October 2012) can sound stereotypical.

Web Extra

Moriel Rothman speaks candidly about his decision to not serve in the Israel Defense Forces.
We liked Lynne Hybel's February 2013 column "Aren't We Supposed to Be Peacemakers?" so much that we created a church sign about it! Some messages are worth retelling.
"Justice too long delayed is justice denied."
Take heart! A new generation of evangelicals for peace is on the rise.